Some of the in-store health services we offer are:
- Travel Vaccinations (Including Yellow Fever)
- Anti Malaria Medication
- Flu Vaccinations
- Erectile Dysfunction Medication
- HIV Testing
- Cervical Cancer Vaccination
- Weight Loss Service
- Food Intolerance Testing
- Online Diagnostic Skin Condition Service
- Online Doctor/Prescription Service
- Allergy Testing
- Medication Memory Aids
Please call your local Superdrug pharmacy or Nurse clinic for availability.
A range of NHS services are also available in some stores such as stop smoking, Emergency Contraception and Minor Ailments.
Once you have brought your prescription into a Superdrug Pharmacy you can also get access to a range of FREE Health Services:
Prescription Collection: Instore our typical waiting time is 10 minutes and we can also offer to collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP surgery.
Medicines Check Up: A medicine check up can help you understand and give you peace of mind that you are taking your medicines properly and getting the most from your prescribed medicines. If you have any questions about medication or your condition then your Superdrug pharmacist is available for this free NHS service (England and Wales only)
New Medicine Service: Designed to help you if a new medication has been recently prescribed for you (England only)
Delivery: Ask your local pharmacy team if they can deliver your medication to your home.
All these services will be offered at a time that is convenient for you.
Superdrug is proud to offer the following services to help protect you and your family when travelling abroad:
- Travel Vaccinations at your local Superdrug Nurse Clinic
- Extensive range of travel vaccines
- Registered Yellow Fever Centres
- Antimalarial medication dispensed on site
We currently have 16 Nurse led sites which offer a one-stop walk-in service and selected Pharmacist run clinics spread throughout the UK.
If you are unsure what medication you need for your trip then our Superdrug Nurses can give you up-to-date advice. Find your local Superdrug Nurse by the Finder above.
Superdrug can vaccinate against the following diseases:
Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes in tropical regions of Sub-saharan Africa and South America. The disease is preventable by vaccination and is rare in travellers. Some countries require vaccination against yellow fever with certification as a condition for entry which Superdrug can help with.
Typhoid is an infection caused by bacteria called Salmonella typhi, which is similar to the bacteria that causes salmonella food poisoning. You can catch typhoid by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with human waste.
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that produces a poison (toxin) that can infect your nose, throat and skin. It is easy to catch, as it spreads mostly through coughs and sneezes. It can be a very serious, even fatal illness, especially for babies and young children.
Tetanus is a disease caused by the bacteria, Clostridium tetani, which is often found in animal intestines. The toxin produced by tetanus bacteria can cause a fatal paralysis.
Polio is an acute, viral, infectious disease spread from person to person by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis A (also available as Hep. A/Hep. B combined)
Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of your liver. It is caught by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis B (also available as Hep. A/Hep. B combined)
Hepatitis B is a virus that can damage your liver and cause serious health problems. It can be fatal. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) spreads the same way as HIV but is 100 times more infectious
Hep A/Typhoid combined
Rabies is a fatal illness caused by a virus that spreads to humans from contact with animal saliva. This can happen when an infected animal bites or scratches you.
Meningitis is a serious, potentially fatal bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.
Japanese B Encephalitis
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a virus disease spread by night biting mosquitoes. It can cause encephalitis, a serious inflammation of the brain, which can be fatal.
Tick Bourne Encephalitis
Tick borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection, spread by tick bites, which can cause meningitis and inflammation of the brain. It can be fatal, although this is rare
Cholera is a potentially serious bacterial illness caused by drinking or eating contaminated water and food.
Anti Malaria Medication
Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal, tropical disease spread by mosquito bites. No prescription is required for the necessary tablets. A consultation is done in-store by a Nurse to discuss all your travel needs with effective prescription tablets available along with malaria prevention advice and products. Order Malaria Tablets >
You can see if you are visiting a higher risk region by visiting http://www.nathnac.org/ds/map_world.aspx
YOUR PRE-TRAVEL JOURNEY
Walk in or call your local Superdrug Nurse Clinic or Click here
If the nurse cannot see you straight away you will be asked to specify a time and date to be called back. We charge £15 for the consultation. Your consultation fee will be refunded if you go on to purchase travel vaccines or anti-malarial tablets from the Superdrug travel clinic.
During the travel consultation, you will be given up to date recommendations based on your specific travel itinerary. Our highly trained nurses perform detailed pre-travel consultations which enable them to advise on immunisation requirements and identify any other travel health risks associated with your travel itinerary.
We will help you assess your requirements and provide you with the necessary vaccinations.
You will be vaccinated by a trained Superdrug Health Promotion Nurse.
Weight management is a long-term approach to a healthy lifestyle. It includes a balance of healthy eating and physical exercise to equate energy expenditure and energy intake. Developing healthy eating habits while using tips that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools in weight management. Knowing what your body needs is important to weight management and can control overconsumption and under consumption of food.
Weight management does not include fad diets that promote quick, temporary weight loss. It focuses on the long-term results that are achieved through slow weight loss, followed by retention of an ideal body weight for age, sex and height.
Drink plenty of water
People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. So you can end up eating extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.
If you don't like plain water, try adding citrus or a splash of juice, or brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavor but no calories.
Use a smaller plate
Plate size can affect calorie consumption, using smaller plates helps to consume smaller portion sizes and this leads to the consumption of fewer calories.
Choose low calorie foods
A moderate decrease in caloric intake will lead to a slow weight loss, which may be more beneficial for long term weight management. For example, choosing a black coffee instead of a full fat latte will save calories that will add up in the long run
Incoporate more fruit and vegetables into your meals
High levels of fruits, vegetables, greens and beans help you lose weight because they are low in calories, high in volume and high in critically important nutrients. On a very practical level they fill you up, without loading you up with fat and calories. And when your stomach is filled up with high volume, low calorie food, there is less room for other bad stuff.
If you’re overweight and want some help losing weight, start eating foods high in fiber. Dietary fiber is not a magic weight loss weapon, but it has the power to help fill you up without filling you out.
Here’s why: One of the most effective ways to lose those extra pounds is to control hunger, the dieter’s Achilles heel. Hunger is affected by many things, including when you eat, and the composition of your meals -- the amount of fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and water content.
Eating healthy high-fiber foods makes you feel full, so you can resist eating more food than you need. Fibrous foods also can take longer to chew, giving your brain time to get the signal that you have had enough to eat.
What there is to help you
|Calorie controlled Diet plan||The Slim·Fast 3·2·1 Plan enables you to eat 6 times a day and provides 1200 to 1400 calories, which is a safe and effective level for weight loss. It's clinically proven that it works.||Replace 2 meals a day with a Slim·Fast meal replacement product, the third meal should be a healthy meal of 600 calories for a female and 800 calories for a male. And we recommend to have 3 snacks a day (Slim.Fast snacks, a fruit or vegetables).||3 snacks, 2 meal replacement and 1 healthy meal|
|Meal replacement drinks: Ready to Drink||Ready to Drink Meal Replacement drinks contains around 1/3 of the daily nutrition needed whilst losing weight.||Replace 2 meals a day with a meal replacement drink||230 cal per serving|
|Meal replacement drinks: powdered||Powder shakes contain 1/3 of the daily nutrition needed whilst losing weight. Mix these up yourself to get your desired consistency and better value for money.||Replace 2 meals a day with a meal replacement drink||230 cal per serving, just add skimmed milk and shake|
|Meal replacement bars||Meal bars contain around 1/3 of the daily nutrition needed whilst losing weight.||Replace 2 meals a day with a meal replacement bar||Around 210 cal per serving|
|Calorie control snacks||Snacks are important as they keep the metabolism going and give the energy needed to get through the day||Pick three snacks a day: Slim·Fast 95-calorie sweet or savoury snacks, fruits and/or veggies, or nuts and seeds||Slimfast 95 cal per serving - fruits, seeds and nuts will vary|
|Slimming Drinks||Slimming drinks are tasty and easy to take, combining 3 complementary actions of burning calories, refining the figure and purifying the body.||The formula is made of natural plant extracts, in particular Green Tea, that helps you burn calories, refine figure and purify your body||Dilute 50 ml in a bottle of water and drink regularly throughout the day. Use for a 10-day period, and repeat as required|
|Fat Binder tablets||Some fat binders work by binding to undigested fat to create a large complex which is too big to be absorbed by the small intestine. Because it is too large to be absorbed by the body, it passes through the body and is eventually excreted. The fibre in these tablets can also help dieters to feel fuller for longer by slowing down digestion, thereby stabilising blood sugar levels.||Whilst taking fat binder tablets can be seen as an important step to managing your weight, it is best viewed as part of an overall weight management plan. Effective weight management requires long-term commitment and a healthy lifestyle. Fat binding tablets will limit the absorption of dietary fat but they will not burn existing body fat. For best results, they should be taken as part of a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.||Typically taken after every meal but fat binding tablets should be taken as per the instruction on pack. It is not recommended to exceed the daily stated dose.|
|Herbal Slimming Pills||People following a calorie controlled diet who want to aid their slimming naturally.||Natural slimming pills contain, herbal ingredients from butternut, dandelion root, boldo and fucus. A combination that has been traditionally used to help people lose weight (as part of a calorie controlled diet) by gently speeding up their metabolism.||Take one tablet 3 times a day at mealtimes.|
|Slimming Gum||People following a calorie controlled diet who want to aid their slimming naturally by chewing an appetitie surpressing gum.||It uses ingredients shown in scientific studies to aid weight loss and appetite suppression||Just chew up to 4 pieces of SlimGum a day before a meal or snack for effective weight loss and appetite suppression.|
Erectile dysfunction (also called impotence) happens when a man cannot get or maintain a firm enough erection to achieve satisfactory sexual intercourse.
If this happens to you once or twice there’s probably no cause for concern, but if it is an on-going problem, then it can cause stress, affect relationships and lead to a loss of self-confidence.
Erectile dysfunction can happen to men of all ages, although it becomes more common as men get older.
The causes of erectile dysfunction can be physical, psychological, or a combination of both.
Erectile dysfunction can be due to an underlying health problem such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes, so if you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction it’s important that you get your health checked by your GP.
Oral medicines – Viagra, Cialis and Levitra
There are three oral medicines that are licensed in the UK for the treatment of erectile dysfunction – Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. All three medicines belong to the same class of drugs (PDE5 inhibitors) and work by increasing the blood flow to your penis. Taking one of these medicines, when combined with sexual arousal, makes it much more likely that you will achieve an erection.
All of these medicines have been through thorough clinical trials to make sure that they are clinically safe and effective. NHS and private doctors routinely prescribe all of these medicines.
Although the medicines are similar, there are some differences between them that are highlighted below.
|Viagra is the most well known treatment for erectile dysfunction. It can be used as frequently as once a day every day and usually works within thirty minutes. The effects last for about 4 hours – it should be easier to achieve an erection during this time window.||Cialis usually works in fifteen to thirty minutes, so it is slightly faster than Viagra and Levitra. The effects of Cialis also last longer – up to thirty-six hours. For this reason, the dosage cannot be repeated the following day, unlike Viagra and Levitra.||Levitra usually works within just over half an hour. The effects last for about 5 hours (an hour longer than Viagra). Levitra is the least expensive of the three medicines.|
Alternative Treatments for erectile dysfunction
You can get injections into the penis or have pellets inserted into your urinary pipe to treat erectile dysfunction. However, these methods are less popular these days due the availability of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. If the medicines are not suitable for you, these alternatives are worth investigating.
There are physical devices such as vacuum pumps and penis rings that can help men to achieve a successful erection.
If the cause of your erectile dysfunction is psychological, then psychological counselling can be effective in treating your erectile dysfunction. If you think your erectile dysfunction has a psychological cause such as stress, anxiety or depression, talk to your GP who should be able to guide you to a psychologist or counsellor.
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction and want to obtain the erectile dysfunction treatments Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, try the Superdrug Online Doctor service.
Complete an online questionnaire and our doctors will assess your condition and if you’re suitable, send you your choice of treatment. Our service is fast, discreet and totally confidential.
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you – it ruins your complexion, depletes your bank account and plays havoc with your health.
Reasons to Quit
Smoking affects blood circulation, so oxygen-rich blood is no longer produced leaving you with a dull complexion. You’ll notice a difference in skin quality after only two weeks of quitting.
Smoking slows down the production of collagen, which is essential for younger-looking, healthy skin. Quitting smoking will allow skin to regain some of it’s firmness.
Each time you light up and inhale you are coating your teeth in a sticky residue, resulting in a yellowing smile over time.
Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to quit smoking. It may not be the first time you’ve tried –
many people don’t succeed the first time – but with the right advice and support you can ditch the habit for good.
7 tips for success
- 1. Be determined and choose a quit day. Avoid stressful weeks that will make it more difficult.
- 2. Banish all reminders. Bin cigarettes with food waste (no temptation to dig them out again) and hide lighters and ashtrays.
- 3. Have a spring clean. Wash your clothes and blitz the house to remove the smell of smoke.
- 4. Steer clear of people, places and activities linked to smoking. Tell a friend or family member for extra support.
- 5. Get help. See a pharmacist about nicotine replacement therapy for withdrawal symptoms.
- 6. Get active. Start exercising or go to the cinema; anything to distract you from smoking.
- 7. Treat yourself. Use the money you’re saving for something indulgent like a new perfume.
Breaking the Habit
Many of us associate smoking with a set time of day, like a cigarette with your morning cuppa. Here’s how to beat behavioural cravings:
Change your morning routine. Get up earlier, shower first and then eat a healthy breakfast, replacing coffee or tea with juice.
Take your breaks with non-smokers in a different place and try eating a healthy snack, such as dried fruit or seeds, so you have something in your hands.
Avoid the pub until the nicotine cravings have gone and stick to soft drinks as alcohol may tempt you to light up (or swap your usual tipple for something new).
Get up from the table straight away after a meal. Do the washing up, go for a walk or brush your teeth to avoid temptation.
Research has shown that the most effective way to combat those early cravings is to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which not only soothes withdrawal symptoms but doubles your chance of giving up compared to willpower alone.
How: Inhaling nicotine delivers immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms and cravings
Dosage: One or two sprays instead of a cigarette.
How: Dissolved under the tongue, they release nicotine without chewign or sucking.
Dosage: One or two sprays instead of a cigarette.
How: The chewing action can be a distraction while the gum releases a dose of nicotine.
Dosage: If you smoke more than 20 cigarettes per day, use 4mg; for less than 20 per day, use 2mg.
How: Replicates the action of smoking and relieves cravings by releasing nicotine into the mouth.
How: Allowing the lozenge to dissolve in the mouth releases nicotine to reduce cravings.
Sexual Health and Contraception
Sexual health is a broad term that includes practising safe sex, reducing the risk of getting and passing on sexually transmitted infections, and having contraception that suits you.
Find out more about sexually transmitted infections and about contraception below:
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Nearly half a million people in the UK are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every year. However, the true number of STIs is likely to be much higher as people can pass them on without being aware that they are infected.
STIs are spread via unprotected sex. Condoms are the best form of protection against catching an STI – other methods of contraception like the contraceptive pill will not stop you being infected.
We have included information on common STIs below.
Chlamydia is the most common STI and is usually found in younger people. Chlamydia is often called the ‘silent infection’ because most people who have chlamydia won’t notice any symptoms and are therefore more likely to pass it on to someone else.
If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women and can cause problems with fertility. Antibiotics can treat chlamydia effectively. Order Chlamydia Treatment >
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that used to be known as “the clap”. Symptoms of gonorrhea often include unusual fluid being discharged from the penis or vagina, pain when urinating and, in women, bleeding between periods.
If left untreated, gonorrhoea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women or a painful infection in the testicles and prostate gland in men. Gonorrhoea can also lead to problems with fertility in both men and women. Gonorrhoea can be treated with antibiotics, although some strains are becoming resistant and the recommended first choice of treatment is via an injection at a sexual health clinic. Order Gonorrhoea Treatment >
Genital herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus and can easily be passed from one person to another during sexual intercourse. The virus causes painful blisters on the genitals and the surrounding areas.
Genital herpes cannot be cured. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, the virus will remain dormant in your body and can become active again, causing another outbreak of blisters. However, over time the outbreaks tend to occur less frequently and are less severe when they do occur. Oral antiviral medicines cannot cure genital herpes but can reduce the length of time you experience symptoms and reduce the severity of the outbreak. Order Genital Herpes Treatment >
Genital warts are a type of skin infection that can cause fleshy growths to appear around the genitals. The growths are usually painless but can be unpleasant to the eye. Genital warts can be spread by direct skin-to-skin contact, and as such is often spread during sex.
Wart creams available over-the-counter from your pharmacist will not work for genital warts as they are designed to treat warts on the hands. However, there are prescription creams that treat genital warts. Warts can also be treated by freezing them off or by removing them surgically.
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The HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks the immune system and makes it harder for the body to fight infections and disease. The virus can be transmitted by unprotected sexual contact and by direct blood contact such as through sharing injection needles. Over time infection with HIV can weaken the immune system and develop into AIDS.
Treatments for HIV are much more successful than they used to be, allowing people infected with HIV to live as normal a life as possible. The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test. HIV Test Kits >
Home test kits for Sexually Transmitted Infections
If you’re worried that you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection because you’re showing symptoms, or you’ve had an episode of unprotected sex, you can use our home test kits to detect a wide range of infections.
We offer easy-to-use home test kits for the most common sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and genital herpes. We will send you a test kit with everything you need to get tested – simply collect a urine sample, post it in the pre-addressed envelope, and our laboratory partner will test for the infection(s). We will let you know the results, usually within a day or two of the sample reaching the laboratory.
We also offer an HIV test kit for home use that is based on a pinprick blood sample. HIV Test Kits >
The most common forms of contraception remain the contraceptive pill for women and condoms for men. However, there thirteen different types of contraception available to women and two available to men, so if you’re trying to decide on which method is best for you it may be worth talking to your doctor.
Using condoms is the only form of contraception that protects you against sexually transmitted infections, so make sure you use them or discuss possible risks with a partner before having unprotected sex.
The contraceptive pill is the most common form of contraception for women, and is used by roughly one third of all women of reproductive age in the UK. The pill is 99% effective in preventing pregnancies if used correctly.
If you’ve had a case of sex without using contraception, or had an accident such as a split condom, you may want to use emergency contraception.
The most common form of emergency contraception is the morning after pill. Levonelle is a common morning after pill which is effective for up to 72 hours (3 days) after the incident of sex, and it works by stopping you becoming pregnant.
A newer type of morning after pill called EllaOne is effective for up to 120 hours (5 days) after the incident of sex.
Alternatively you can have an IUD (intrauterine device or ‘coil’) fitted after an incident of sex to prevent pregnancy. An IUD is effective for up to 5 days after the incident.